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Migrant Clinicians Network Welcomes Three New Members to Board of Directors

April 20, 2015 -- Austin, TX -- Migrant Clinicians Network announced today the election of Evelyn Clingerman, PhD, CNE, RN, DSNAP; Gayle Thomas, MD; and Vicki Thuesen, APRN, as new members to our Board of Directors. The appointments expand the Board to nine members. 

“I have been impressed with the passion and clear vision of each of these women, and with their special dedication to health justice for the mobile poor,” said Karen Mountain, MCN’s CEO. “I welcome each of them to MCN as we celebrate our 30th anniversary, and I am confident that their time and effort as board members will help us to sculpt an exciting and successful vision for the next 30 years.”

Dr. Clingerman is the Executive Director of the Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation, where she provides scholarly leadership that unites interdisciplinary healers in the research and implementation work essential to transform practice at the point of care, at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.  Her research and publications have centered on holistic and transcultural nursing. Dr. Clingerman is a long-time advocate for migrant health, which she has advanced through publications, presentations, and migrant health outreach services. She has worked closely with MCN, most recently as a member of MCN’s Institutional Review Board

Dr. Thomas is the Medical Director for the North Carolina Farmworker Health Program. She is also an assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina, Department of Family Medicine.  She continues to provide care as a physician to farmworkers through a mobile van clinic with the North Carolina Farmworker Health Program.  She is the Course Director for UNC, Department of  Family Medicine’s two-week required resident rotation in Migrant Health, she has lectured extensively on farmworker health, and she is an AAFP-approved CME provider, most recently spearheading and teaching a CME event entitled, “Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisoning in Farmworkers, A Primary Care Responsibility.”

Ms. Thuesen is the Clinical Director of the Montana Migrant Council, where she is responsible for coordination and supervision of medical and nursing services to agricultural families.  She is also a clinical faculty member at Gonzaga University. Ms. Thuesen has served migrant farmworkers at Montana Migrant Council since 1993. She is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and she has worked in a number of clinical settings with a focus on women and children.

ABOUT MCN: Migrant Clinicians Network is a nonprofit dedicated to health justice for the mobile poor, creating practical solutions at the intersection of poverty, migration, and health.